EVOKEN - Hypnagogia / 2LP
Known as one of the founding fathers of American death / funeral doom, New Jersey’s Evoken have been a long-standing pillar of the scene during their 25 year pillage. Their new full-length album Hypnagogia is the band’s sixth album, their first in six years since the landmark Atra Mors, and is a towering monolith that develops and redefines the band’s sound, strengthening their position within the metal hierarchy. This release is an expression of doom metal artistry: one will bear witness to how the band creates new and even more daring expressions, expanding their musical dynamics through meticulous care and discrimination in the song writing process. A multitude of varying and flourishing emotions exists herein, pushing their trademark penchant for grandiose melodicism and pulverizing heaviness into the band’s most intense, compelling, and soul crushing experiences yet—one of euphoria, desperation, and hopelessness.